I stepped outside yesterday and was greeted by the first rays of sunlight, a beautiful sky and crisp morning air. I said it was going to be a great day for a run.
Down on the riverfront, a frigid breeze chilled me to the bones. The clouds looked like they could bring rain. I said it was a good day to be a duck.
I was right on both counts.
Hundreds had gathered for the very first Duck Dash. It’s a new series of 5K races to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Our host for the event was none other that Jep Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.
And it was an event that would make any redneck proud. Nearly everyone wore camo. I saw one runner in waders. It was a shotgun start, with a real shotgun. I was feeling pretty smart for wearing my safety orange. And everyone was sporting beards — men, women and children. Yes, it was a wild and wooly affair.
I have experienced a lot of firsts in running. Probably because before I started running I said it was the last thing I would do.
I remember my first 5K. One of the last landmarks on the route was a cemetery. I thought someone was trying to tell me something. But I kept running anyway. My first half marathon was also the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon event. I think it’s cool that the first medal I earned says “Inaugural” on it. Almost a year ago I ran my first marathon. There was my first 10K and my first trail run. Yes, running has been a series of real adventures.
Running has taught me there are times to take training seriously and push yourself farther than you thought you could go. But there are other times to be willing to laugh at yourself and let your hair down, even if it is just a fake beard.
Yesterday was definitely one of those days.
Check out more photos from the Duck Dash here.